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Bishopbriggs first Cycle Friendly town in Scotland

Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, first town in Scotland to have all primary schools achieve Cycle Friendly School Award.

Katman soars of Michael McLaughlin, HT St. Matthew's Primary Schoo

Today (Thur. 19th May 2011), Bishopbriggs become the first town in Scotland, where all the primary schools have made the grade for Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly School Award. To celebrate, Christopher Eastwood (aka Katman) soared over Michael McLauglin, Head Teacher of St. Matthew’s Primary School, which was the first to achieve the award just under two years ago. Michael’s leadership was instrumental in brining on board the other six local primary schools.

You can see Katman soar over Michael at the STV Player here.

Mark Kiehlmann, founder of ED’s Cycle Co-op said, “Scotland UnLtd funding has enabled me to commit my time to support more schools enable their pupils to realise the benefits of cycling for their health and our environment. ED’s Cycle Co-op is a brand that the schools trust and is clearly delivering results in our community.

East Dunbartonshire’s Cycle Co-operative is a community based, not for profit, social enterprise that promotes cycling in the area. It has a range of programmes that span from 3 to 83, and almost everything in between. There are nursery, primary and secondary projects with events every month to keep the interest growing in the community. This month, to celebrate all seven school now Cycle Friendly, they plan to have a mass cycle procession through the main street, with each school dressing their staff, pupils, parents and their bikes in a single colour of the rainbow, when the seven school come together they will from the “Rainbow Ride”.

Ian Aitken, Chief Executive at Cycling Scotland said “We would like to congratulate Bishopbriggs on becoming the first town in Scotland to have all primary schools achieve Cycle Friendly School Award status. It’s fantastic that every child in Bishopbriggs now has the right facilities, infrastructure and training available at school to make cycling an easy and practical choice. New travel statistics published this week show that the number of primary age children cycling to school in Bishopbriggs has jumped from around 3% to over 7% in the last year, which shows that the award plays an important role in getting more children cycling.

Una Walker, Convenor of Education committee said “This really is good news for the pupils and the staff at our schools. By encouraging active travel, in this case cycling, we are helping pupils achieve their recommended daily exercise of 1 hour a day. We know from research that exercise on the journey to school, makes children more alert, and able to focus on their learning when in class.

To launch UK Bike Week locally, there will be the annual Bishopbriggs Cycle Festival on Sunday 19th June, which will feature the UK leading stunt team The Clan, a giant inflatable air bag and an elevated board walk as well as series of races for all ages of children. With over 1,000 participants last year, it’s sure to be another success.

Anne McNair, co-director of ED’s Cycle Co-op said, “This national first has been achieved through a partnership approach with East Dunbartonshire Education Services and lead by ED’s Cycle Co-op which continues to support all the school Head Teachers, staff, parents and pupils, develop their knowledge, skills and confidence on a bike.”

 

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